Seattle Central Creative Academy: Photography Assignment (EDFAT – aka Stranger Danger)

Ian Cipra is a man with a passion for apples.  Working the tourist crowds of Pike Place Market in Seattle, WA, Ian sells not only apples, but grapefruits, plums, seasonal fruits and loads of vegetables.  One day it might be a free slice of pear to push their sales.  The next might be an orange.  But on this day, he was representing the crisp sweetness of the Jazz apple.  And thus the tourists flocked – passing, observing, tasting, purchasing – while the apple man put on a show of  wit and camaraderie.

The assignment was to photograph a stranger.  Approach someone.  Collect a volume of point of views:  EDFAT.  Broken down, it stands for 1) ENTIRE, for observing the entire subject; 2) DETAILS, dissecting the subject into specific details; 3) FRAME, framing those details into strong, original compositions; 4) ANGLE, to shoot a variety of angles; and 5) TIME, building visuals by using slices of time.  After 500 frames, an hour and a half of time, and switching between four different lenses for variety, Ian Cipra came out with energy and sold loads of jazz apples to smiling customers.

Location: Pike Place Market, Seattle, WA

Camera/Lens Specifics: Canon 5D Mark II with various lenses

variety of settings

Post: Adobe LR3 & PS5


  1. Great images and good approach to tell a story.

  2. Great color in your photos and a nice story to go along with them.

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Great photos, Cameron! Perhaps a return to Seattle is in order…

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  5. Fantastic story told with beautiful photographs!

  6. What a fun assignment & the shots look great.

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